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By Emily Wood, Rotaract Club of South-West Brisbane, Australia
I’ve been a member of Rotaract — Rotary’s community service and professional development program for young leaders age 18-30 — for ten years. As I age out or “graduate,” I’ve started thinking about what Rotaract has done for me and how it’s shaped who I am today. A decade is a long time to stick with something. So, why have I?
Opportunity. Through Rotaract, I’ve had the opportunity to do many amazing things:
- I’ve traveled the world to experience different cultures and participate in projects.
- I’ve lived and studied abroad as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
- I’ve attended four Rotary International Conventions (Montreal, Bangkok, Lisbon and Sydney) where I’ve heard from and connected with some truly impressive individuals who are making the world a better place.
- I’ve attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), a week-long personal and professional development program that helps you figure out what you want in life and equips you with the skills you need to achieve your goals.
- I’ve received training in leadership, time management, project planning, event coordination, public speaking, governance, and much more.
- I’ve served on local, national and international committees, helping shape the future of this great organisation.
- I’ve been given free rein to develop and implement public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns for my club and district.
Research and our members' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.